Mutiu Adepoju is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He played most of his career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 175 games and 22 goals over the course of seven seasons and representing Racing de Santander and Real Sociedad. A Nigeria international for 12 years, Adepoju appeared for the country in three World Cups and as many Africa Cup of Nations. Born in Ibadan, Adepoju never made it past its B-side, his first professional season was impressive as he scored 11 Segunda División goals to help Racing de Santander return to La Liga, he continued to feature and net for the Cantabrians in the next three years. Mutiu left for Real Sociedad for 1996–97 but, after a solid first campaign, struggled to hold down a regular place with the Basques. In 2001–02 he represented Saudi Arabia's Ittihad FC, but returned to Spain where he featured for second level club UD Salamanca. After two more weak years, in Turkey and Cyprus, Adepoju retired in 2006 in Spain's lower leagues.
He subsequently returned as chief administrator. Adepoju was a member of the Nigeria team, his brace against the United States in the semi-finals ensured a final against Portugal, in a 0–2 defeat. Adepoju went on to collect 48 caps for the full side, with six goals, he made his debut against Togo in August 1990, but his breakthrough came during the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, he helped his nation win the next continental edition. Adepoju was part of the squads for the FIFA World Cups in 1994, 1998 – where he scored in a 3–2 win against Spain– and 2002, although he did not play in the latter tournament. Nigerian Players profile Mutiu Adepoju at BDFutbol Mutiu Adepoju at National-Football-Teams.com Mutiu Adepoju – FIFA competition record
Lagos is a city in the Nigerian state of Lagos. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the most populous in Nigeria and on the African continent, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa. Lagos emerged as a port city that originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day Local Government Areas of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa. Due to rapid urbanization, the city expanded to the west of the lagoon to include areas in the present day Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Surulere; this led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas: the Island, the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland. This city area was governed directly by the Federal Government through the Lagos City Council, until the creation of Lagos State in 1967, which led to the splitting of Lagos city into the present day seven Local Government Areas, an addition of other towns from the Western Region, to form the state.
Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. However, the state capital was moved to Ikeja in 1976, the federal capital moved to Abuja in 1991. Though Lagos is still referred to as a city, the present day Lagos known as "Metropolitan Lagos", as "Lagos Metropolitan Area" is an urban agglomeration or conurbation, consisting of 20 LGAs, 32 LCDAs including Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State; this conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State's total land area, but houses about 85% of the state's total population. The exact population of Metropolitan Lagos is disputed. In the 2006 federal census data, the conurbation had a population of about 8 million people. However, the figure was disputed by the Lagos State Government, which released its own population data, putting the population of Lagos Metropolitan Area at 16 million; as at 2015, unofficial figures put the population of "Greater Metropolitan Lagos", which includes Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at 21 million.
Lagos was inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century. Under the leadership of the Oloye Olofin, the Awori moved to an island now called Iddo and to the larger Lagos Island. In the 16th century, the Awori settlement was conquered by the Benin Empire and the island became a Benin war-camp called "Eko" under Oba Orhogbua, the Oba of Benin at the time. Eko is still the native name for Lagos. Lagos, which means "lakes", was a name given to the settlement by the Portuguese; the present-day Lagos state has a high percentage of Awori clan, who migrated to the area from Isheri along the Ogun river. Throughout history, it was home to a number of warring ethnic groups. Following its early settlement by the Awori nobility, its conquest by the Bini warlords of Benin, the state first came to the attention of the Portuguese in the 15th century. Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira visited the area in 1472, naming the area around the city Lago de Curamo. Another explanation is that Lagos was named for Lagos, Portugal—a maritime town that, at the time, was the main centre of Portuguese expeditions down the African coast.
In Britain's early 19th century fight against the transatlantic slave trade, its West Africa Squadron or Preventative Squadron as it was known, continued to pursue Portuguese, American and Cuban slave ships and to impose anti-slavery treaties with West African coastal chiefs with so much doggedness that they created a strong presence along the West African coast from Sierra Leone all the way to the Niger Delta and as far south as Congo. In 1849, Britain appointed John Beecroft Consul of the Bights of Benin and Biafra, a position he held until his death in 1854. John Duncan was located at Wydah. At the time of Beecroft's appointment, the Kingdom of Lagos was in the western part of the Consulate of the Bights of Benin and Biafra and was a key slave trading port. In 1851 and with pressure from liberated slaves who now wielded political and business influence, Britain intervened in Lagos in what is now known as the Bombardment of Lagos or Capture of Lagos resulting in the installation of Oba Akitoye and the ouster of Oba Kosoko.
Oba Akitoye signed the Treaty between Great Britain and Lagos abolishing slavery. The signing of the 1852 treaty ushered in the Consular Period in Lagos' history wherein Britain provided military protection to Lagos. Following threats from Kosoko and the French who were positioned at Wydah, a decision was made by Lord Palmerston who noted in 1861, "the expediency of losing no time in assuming the formal Protectorate of Lagos". William McCoskry, the Acting Consul in Lagos with Commander Bedingfield convened a meeting with Oba Dosunmu on 30 July 1861 aboard HMS Prometheus where Britain's intent was explained and a response to the terms were required by August 1861. Dosunmu resisted the terms of the treaty but under the threat to unleash violence on Lagos by Commander Bedingfield, Dosunmu relented and signed the Lagos Treaty of Cession on 6 August 1861. Lagos was declared a colony on 5 Marc
Jonathan Akpoborie is a Nigerian former football forward who spent the majority of his playing career in Germany. Akpoborie started his professional career at Julius Berger, before moving to USA. In 1990, he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken of German 2. Bundesliga. Akpoborie had spells with FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Stuttgart Kickers, for whom he scored 37 goals in one season, Waldhof Mannheim, before joining top-flight F. C. Hansa Rostock in 1995. After spending two years at Hansa, the player moved to their Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg in 1999. Akpoborie finished his playing career at Saarbrücken in 2002. Akpoborie was part of the Nigeria team that won the first edition of the FIFA U-16 Championship in 1985, scoring in the final against the West Germany. Two years he featured for the Flying Eagles at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile. At the senior level, he was selected for the 1992 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations where he won bronze and silver respectively, his first senior cap was in a 1992 Africa Cup of Nations Third-place match against Cameroon, which the Super Eagles won.
He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles against Mexico at the 1995 U. S. Cup on 24 June 1995, he got his second goal – a 48th-minute equalizer – in a 1–1 draw with Kenya in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification match on 12 January 1997. Akpoborie was dropped from Nigeria's squad for 1998 FIFA World Cup by Bora Milutinović, in spite of the fact that he played in five of the six 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and was the joint second top scorer in the 1997-98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup tournament, he was one of the two Nigerian footballers to play in a European Cup final that year, the other being Inter Milan defender Taribo West, red-carded in the 1998 UEFA Cup Final, less than a month to the World Cup in France. In 1999, Dutch manager Thijs Libregts recalled him to the national side in a 2000 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal; the game ended in a 1–1 draw, with Akpoborie scoring his third international goal. Nigeria did not play any qualifier after the game as they qualified as hosts of the 2000 AFCON after to Zimbabwe – the designated host – failed to get a guarantee from the government.
Akpoborie featured in a number of games ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF First Round, he scored his fourth goal in Nigeria's 4–0 win over Eritrea in Lagos. In 2001, Akpoborie made the headlines when a boat, managed by his family, was stopped in Benin after allegations that it was carrying children into slavery in Gabon; the incident led to Akpoborie's suspension from the Wolfsburg team and after a brief sojourn at Saarbrücken, to his retirement. The story of the ship, her passengers and her owner has been covered by the documentary Das Schiff des Torjägers by Swiss director Heidi Specogna. Akpoborie now resides in Lagos, he works with Supersport on billingsway Oregun Lagos and as player agent for Rogon Sports Management. Biography at Worldsoccer.com Jonathan Akpoborie at fussballdaten.de
Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker. His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he played in six other countries besides his own. Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition, he was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993. Yekini was born in Kaduna, of Yoruba origin. After starting his professional career in the Nigerian league, he moved to Côte d'Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National, from there he went to Portugal and Vitória de Setúbal where he experienced his most memorable years becoming the Primeira Liga's top scorer in the 1993–94 season after scoring 21 goals. In the summer of 1994, Yekini was bought by Olympiacos FC, but did not get along with teammates and left soon after, his career never got back on track, not upon a return to Setúbal which happened after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón.
In 2003, aged 39, he returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC. In April 2005, 41-year-old Yekini made a short comeback, moving alongside former national teammate Mobi Oparaku to Gateway United FC. Scoring 37 goals for Nigeria in 58 appearances, Yekini was the national record goalscorer, he was part of the team that participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cups. Additionally, Yekini helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where he topped the goal charts and was named best player of the competition, he participated at Olympic level in Seoul 1988. Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first. Yekini married three wives, he had three daughters, named Yemisi and Damilola. Yekini was reported to be ill for an extended period of time. In 2011, news media in Nigeria begun issuing reports of his failing health, he was said to suffer from bipolar disorder and some other undisclosed psychiatric condition, he died in Ibadan on 4 May 2012 at the age of 48, the news being confirmed by former national teammates Mutiu Adepoju and Ike Shorunmu.
He was survived by his aged mother, brother and children, among others. Rashidi Yekini at ForaDeJogo Rashidi Yekini at BDFutbol Rashidi Yekini at National-Football-Teams.com Rashidi Yekini – FIFA competition record
1994 African Cup of Nations
The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations was the 19th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa. It was hosted by Tunisia. Just as in 1992, the field of twelve teams was split into four groups of three. Nigeria won its second championship, beating Zambia in the final 2−1; the Zambian team was constituted, following an air disaster in which eighteen players and several staff members of the previous team had been killed. The 12 qualified teams are: * Senegal replaced Algeria Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals. 5 goals Rashidi Yekini4 goals Joël Tiéhi2 goals 1 goal Goalkeeper Ahmed ShobairDefenders Frank Amankwah Harrison Chongo Elijah Litana Benedict IrohaMidfielders Serge-Alain Maguy Jay-Jay Okocha Daniel Amokachi Abedi PeleForwards Joël Tiéhi Rashidi Yekini Details at RSSSF Details at www.angelfire.com
1990 African Cup of Nations
The 1990 Africa Cup of Nations was the 17th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa. It was hosted by Algeria. Just like in 1988, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. Algeria won its first championship, beating Nigeria in the final 1−0; the 8 qualified teams are: Referees Laurent Petcha Mohamed Hussam El-Dine Jean-Fidèle Diramba Badou Jasseh Idrissa Traoré Idrissa Sarr Eganaden Cadressen Abdellali Naciri Badara Sène Ally Hafidhi Mawukpona Hounnake-Kouassi Naji Jouini Invited referees Shizuo Takada Jamal Al Sharif 1 Rabah Madjer 2 Tahar Chérif El-Ouazzani 3 Djamel Menad – Rashidi Yekini – Webster Chikabala 4 goals 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal Own goal Details at RSSSF
Augustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. A quick and skillful playmaker, considered as the best Nigerian and one of the best African players of all time, Okocha was known for his confidence with the ball, technique and dribbling skills, as well as his use of feints, in particular the stepover. Due to his skill, he was described as being'so good that they named him twice'. Augustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha was born in Enugu State, his parents were from Delta State, Nigeria. The name Jay-Jay was passed down from his elder brother James, he began playing football on the streets just like many other football stars with a makeshift ball. In an interview with BBC Sport he said, "As far as I can remember, we used to play with anything, with any round thing we could find, whenever we managed to get hold of a ball, a bonus! I mean it was amazing!" In 1990, he joined Enugu Rangers. In his time at the club he produced many spectacular displays including one where he rounded off and scored a goal, against experienced Nigerian goalkeeper William Okpara in a match against BCC Lions.
That year, he went on holiday to West Germany, the country that had just won the 1990 FIFA World Cup, so he could watch German league football. His friend Binebi Numa was playing in the Third Division for Borussia Neunkirchen, one morning Okocha accompanied Numa to training, where he asked to join in; the Neunkirchen coach was impressed with Okocha's skills and invited him back the next day before offering him a contract. A year he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken, but stayed only a few months with the 2. Bundesliga side before a move to the 1. Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt. Okocha joined Eintracht Frankfurt in December 1991, where he linked up with many well-known players including Ghanaian international striker Tony Yeboah and Thomas Doll, he continued to shine for the German side, one highlight being a goal he scored against Karlsruher SC, dribbling in the penalty box and slotting the ball past goalkeeper Oliver Kahn going past some players twice. The goal was voted Goal of the Season by many soccer magazines, voted as 1993 Goal of the Year by viewers of Sportschau.
In 1995, Okocha and Maurizio Gaudino were all involved in a feud with manager Jupp Heynckes, which led to their departure from the club. Yeboah and Gaudino left for England, while Okocha stayed until the end of the season when Frankfurt were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, before signing for the Istanbul club Fenerbahçe. Okocha joined Turkish club Fenerbahçe for £1 million following Eintracht Frankfurt's relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. In his two seasons with the team, he amassed 30 goals in 62 appearances, many of them coming from direct free kicks, which became something of a trademark for him at the club. Okocha acquired Turkish citizenship as Muhammet Yavuz while playing for Fenerbahçe. In 1998, French side Paris Saint-Germain spent around £14 million to sign Okocha, making him the most expensive African player at the time. During his four-year stint with PSG, he played 84 scored 12 goals, he has served as a mentor, at the time, for young Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho during his time in Paris.
Okocha joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer after leaving PSG in the summer of 2002 after the FIFA World Cup. His debut season, despite being hampered by injuries, made him a favourite with the Bolton fans, with the team printing shirts with the inscription "Jay-Jay – so good they named him twice", he steered the team away from relegation with seven goals, including the team Goal of the Season in the vital league win against West Ham United. This was voted Bolton's best Premier League goal in a fans vote in 2008; the next season saw Okocha receive more responsibility as he was given the captain's armband following Guðni Bergsson's retirement. As captain he led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years where they finished runners-up in the 2004 Football League Cup to Middlesbrough FC. In 2006, he was stripped of the captaincy – something he said he had seen coming, as there had been a change in attitude from some staff members; this had been due to his proposed move to the Middle East, growing in speculation.
At the end of the season, he refused a one-year extension. Following Bolton's relegation from the Premier League in 2012, Okocha stated that his time at the club was now rendered a waste of time, because the club had not invested and improved on the foundations, laid during his time there. After just one season in Qatar, Football League Championship side Hull City signed Okocha on a free transfer in 2007, after the player had been linked to Real Salt Lake and Sydney FC, it was a move he made saying that "God had told him to do so". He however was not able to contribute to Hull's promotion campaign due to fitness and constant injury problems, playing only 18 games and scoring no goals. Hull still succeeded in winning promotion to the Premier League, for the first time in their 104-year history. At the end of the season, after changing his mind on a proposed retirement due to Hull's promotion, he was released by the club, which sent him into retirement. On 21 February 2015, Okocha was elected as the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association.
In April 2015, Okocha expressed his interest in becoming the Nigeria Football Federation president.